Andrew Karode

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Associate Director, Research Software Engineering; Senior Research Software Engineer
Washington Office


M.S. in computer science, Wake Forest University; B.A. in computer science, Wake Forest University; B.A. in political science, Wake Forest University


Andrew Karode is the associate director of Research Software Engineering and a senior research software engineer at RAND. Since joining RAND in 2009, Karode has worked on analyses primarily for RAND's defense and homeland security units, specializing in modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Some of the models he has worked on include: a simulation of Anti-Access Area Denial (A2/AD) attacks against airbases, an agent-based rational choice stakeholders model used for political predictions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, and the Eurozone, a simulation of the defense of a carrier strike group against incoming missile attacks, and an agent-based simulation of sensor data collection at key points of a map with thousands of scripted and random agents. He also has been a key team member of RAND's Combat Operations in Denied Environments (CODE) set of projects, exploring the ability of the US to generate combat power in the face of A2/AD attacks, work for which he was awarded a RAND Silver Medal Award in 2014. Karode holds a B.A. in both Computer Science and Political Science and an M.S. in Computer Science from Wake Forest University.

Recent Projects

  • Combat Operations in Denied Environments
  • Puerto Rico Cost Validation

Selected Publications

Brent Thomas, Mahyar A. Amouzegar, Rachel Costello, Robert A. Guffey, Andrew Karode, Christopher Lynch, Kristin F. Lynch, Ken Munson, Chad J. R. Ohlandt, Daniel M. Romano, Ricardo Sanchez, Robert S. Tripp, Joseph Vesely, Project Air Force Modeling Capabilities for Support of Combat Operations in Denied Environments, RAND Corporation (RR-427-AF), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal Award (2014), RAND Corporation
  • Innovation Award (2017), RAND Corporation
  • Impact Award (2013, 2019), RAND Corporation